Applied Psychology of Harry Hollingworth
Volumes I and II
Lizette Royer Barton
University of Akron Press
Harry Levi Hollingworth was one of the pioneers in the field known today as industrial-organizational psychology. He was the author of more than twenty books and one hundred scientific and theoretical articles. His honors were many. In 1940, Hollingworth took stock of his life in an autobiography that focused on his origins in rural Nebraska and his career as a psychologist at Columbia University. For the first time, this autobiography is now available. This book provides an intimate account of the life and career of a very successful applied researcher who claims that the applied problems to which he devoted virtually his entire life were never of interest to him and that he did such work only for the money. The paradox of this claim offers considerable insight into the prejudices faced by applied scientists and how Hollingworth tried to separate himself from his own accomplishments.
Lizette Royer Barton is the reference archivist at the Center for the History of Psychology (CHP). She earned her B.A. in psychology from The University of Akron in 2004 and her M.L.I.S from Kent State University in 2007. She co-edited the first volume of the Center for the History of Psychology Series, Walter Miles and His 1920 Grand Tour of European Physiology and Psychology Laboratories. She has taught courses in the history of psychology and regularly presents her work at national conferences.